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  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... , coma and even death. If you are prescribed Xanax, it is extremely important to tell your doctor about any other drugs you are taking. What Does It Mean to Be Addicted to Xanax? The pleasant sensation that results from ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction

    Xanax is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat specific anxiety disorders such as panic disorder. Alprazolam in the generic name for Xanax, and this specific prescription medication belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or ...

    ... are often prescribed for very short periods of time, such as weeks or months because of their high addiction potential. 2 Common street names for Xanax and other benzodiazepines include: 4 Benzos. Bricks. Bars. Z-bars ... continue reading
  • Snorting Xanax (Alprazolam): Side Effects & Dangers

    What Does Snorting Xanax Do? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are commonly prescribed for the management of anxiety. 1, 2 While taking Xanax as ...

    ... include: Taking Xanax without a prescription. Using more Xanax than prescribed. Using Xanax in ways other than prescribed. Signs that Someone is Addicted to Xanax Someone who is addicted to Xanax is likely to show ... continue reading
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  • Xanax History and Statistics

    Xanax is the well-known brand name for alprazolam . This medication belongs to a class of sedative and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs called benzodiazepines . History of Xanax Xanaxis most commonly prescribed to treat: Anxiety. Panic disorders. Dr. ...

    ... and include: Anxiety. Insomnia. Seizure/convulsions. Despite problems with abuse and withdrawal, Xanax is still commonly prescribed because it remains a very effective treatment for anxiety, and laboratory studies have ... continue reading
  • The Side Effects of Xanax: Pill Use and Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... , anti-convulsant, muscle relaxing and sedative effects. 3 Often known as Xanny or Xan, Xanax is often prescribed for mental health disorders related to anxiety, including: 4 Generalized anxiety disorder. Panic disorder ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all benzodiazepines - has central nervous system ...

    ... can create, the drug can be addictive , even when taken as prescribed— and potentially dangerous when misused ... following short video provides an overview of the growing Xanax epidemic in the US. Credit: Newsy Science Long- ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Alprazolam Addict

    Help for Alprazolam Addicts Alprazolam, marketed under the brand name Xanax , is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders . Similar to the effects of alcohol, alprazolam works by depressing brain functions . Abuse of this drug can ...

    ... As one of the most prescribed anxiety drugs prescribed in America, the number of people dependent on this drug is staggering. According to SAMHSA's 2011 DAWN Report , benzodiazepines like Xanax were the reason for about ... continue reading
  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. Commonly, it is prescribed to people with anxiety ... continue reading
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  • Getting Help for Xanax Addiction

    What is Xanax? Xanax is a benzodiazepine that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to manage anxiety and panic disorders. Sometimes called “purple footballs,” “bars” or “Z-bars,” this drug can cause a high that includes ...

    What is Xanax? Xanax is a benzodiazepine that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to manage anxiety and panic disorders. Sometimes called “purple footballs,” “bars” or “Z-bars,” this drug can cause a high ... continue reading
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  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    ... more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now common ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    What Is Xanax? Xanax, also known generically as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder 1 . More infrequent, off-label uses for Xanax include managing agoraphobia (fear of open ...

    ... intravenous fluids 4 . How to Prevent Xanax Overdose If you have been prescribed Xanax for medical reasons, the best way to avoid a Xanax overdose is to adhere to prescribed orders—closely monitor your dose and the time ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... work. It wasn't debilitating, but it wasn't pleasant either. Kelly was hoping for help with this ongoing struggle. Her doctor prescribed 4mg of Xanax daily. Kelly accepted the doctor's advice and started taking the pills ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... —a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be very helpful for the short-term management of panic and anxiety. 1 That said, like many other ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... . Peter Hendricks, a chemical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that even those who take Xanax as prescribed “can be impaired even if it's in the therapeutic range. What I tell my students ... continue reading
  • Xanax Withdrawal

    Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . These frequently prescribed medications are used to treat a range of physical and mental health conditions. Specifically, Xanax (also known by its generic name, alprazolam) is used in the ...

    ... 4 . Dependence can occur in people that abuse Xanax, but it is also common among those who take the substance as prescribed. Once someone is dependent on Xanax, they will only feel good when they've taken the drug ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... on alcohol—or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it in the bathroom at work and never get caught. It's a legally prescribed medication, so it can't be bad… right ? What about when you're sweating ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... A whopping number of us reach for Xanax, a benzodiazepine that is officially the number one prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are written each year. Since it initially ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety , can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... you're addicted to Klonopin, consider these questions: 1. Do I have a prescription for this drug? 2. Am I taking this drug as prescribed? 3. Do I feel I need more of this drug than normal to achieve the same effects? 4 ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18% of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... or relaxed state. As a result, benzos are prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, insomnia, ... Tourette syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... or abuse them (taking more than prescribed, crushing the pill for snorting or injecting, etc.). Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines - such as Xanax and Ativan - are prescription anxiolytics (or, anti-anxiety medications ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... Examples include: Diazepam (Valium). Alprazolam (Xanax). Lorazepam (Ativan). Non-benzodiazepine sedatives—Often ... but others give in to social pressures or are prescribed opioid painkillers by their doctors and begin to ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much larger dosage than prescribed, causes a ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, these pills are really cut with fentanyl , a highly addictive synthetic painkiller commonly prescribed to cancer patients ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted to Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. That number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... , how do you tell whether a pill has been prescribed or not? The Internet is usually a good resource. Look for the symbol on the pill. Something marked OP will likely be OxyContin , for example. Identify the pill and ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... calming effect, but they can also have harmful effects when misused or abused. These negative effects are enhanced when Xanax is taken with alcohol, which also acts as a CNS depressant. The combined sedation that results ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money ... education, by working, or by doing other things that will improve their lives once they're released. In some ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... Drugs and Solving Problems Drug companies argue they are working to solve problems linked to their painkillers and have developed proposals to encourage more cautious prescribing - allowing states to share databases of ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... , but a baby with a balloon filled with 20 grams of pot is a totally different story. A woman attempted to use her infant to ... , Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... issues in using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ways you can do it. Although some try to quit cold turkey, most people have greater success ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... alcohol, or drug use. In Cobain's case, it was suicide, presumably exacerbated by his heavy heroin habit . Nirvana ... use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... do they insist on picking you up and bringing you out to the bar for “just a few drinks”? And we know it's never ... if you talk about getting help for your addiction? Is the fear of losing your friends and social life one ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... following years Strict monitoring requirements by the DEA A Call for Change Suboxone is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... form of treatment that uses a prescribed medication, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), ... a great weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And let's be honest, we need all the weapons we can get our hands on if ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... Over-Medicated In 2011, the CDC reported 11% of our nation's children were diagnosed with ADHD; two-thirds of those kids were prescribed medication. Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... . Signs of Addiction If you are using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you, that is a strong sign that you may be addicted. If you have been prescribed the drug you are taking but are now using it in larger ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... , despite researchers' best attempts to come up with nonaddictive alternatives. When a patient is prescribed morphine, that patient runs the risk of being addicted to the opiate . It's not much of a win-win situation for ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... have ridiculously long waiting lists. On the flip side, we still have a good number of vets who are prescribed tramadol for chronic pain. And while it provides some relief, veterans generally aren't warned about the side ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency. Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... Leads to Increased Overdose Deaths if You Relapse Methadone is an opioid, so it acts as a protective barrier ... an overdose , especially if you happen to relapse . This is a huge benefit to people who decide to get clean ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... -particularly the rectal insertions-you might want to read on. Modifying a prescribed dosing regimen or modifying the pills to take them in a different way is a prime example of abuse. To modify one of Yoda's sayings ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible ... can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... rescue kits without a prescription. Patients determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... . He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled over the events of ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... similar to codeine and somewhat less intense than oxycodone 1 . Subjects in another study were given a dose of tramadol often prescribed to patients, and they rated the drug as pleasurable and something they would like ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... The rising use and abuse of tramadol prompted the FDA to issue an advisory in 2010. Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims into question and it seems there's a proverbial fly in the ointment, so to speak ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... for the year. Based on what federal officials have learned from the spread of opioids, they suspect methamphetamine use will grow even more. The Meth Customer Journey Back in the '90s, we saw a similar surge in meth use ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... this method and likely see a reduction in their drunk driving rates. Supporters of the law hope that will be the case. The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... . News on Tobacco Use Despite the fact that cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among teens, there's more to ... Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but less than half see ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the other person in check, experts believe. This ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... much and prevents us from driving safely. A Bit of BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in some states stipulated a legal driving limit of .10. Others had the currently established .08 ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... . We need some new ideas, and we need them fast. Creators of this challenge hope to generate new solutions that will save lives and change the trajectory of our nation's health. The challenge calls for ideas that address ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Every Day. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops… or is he addicted to alcohol? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... baby, milk for our toddler and beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him… once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an alcoholic because I like to have a beer now and then? I'm fine. Don't worry. I ... continue reading
  • Why Is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that can come ... least 50% of the brain's cells that produce dopamine can be damaged from long-term use of even low doses of meth . ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Painkillers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking painkillers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to painkillers. Though many people take painkillers following a ...

    ... . If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a tapering plan for the painkillers. This will require you to take less of the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs it. This can ... continue reading
  • Why Is Crack So Addictive?

    Crack is a very addictive substance due to its potency and the rapid high that results from its particular method of use. For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety of uses, and the ...

    ... its particular method of use. For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety of uses, and the plant itself has played an important role throughout a number of ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... . Because they feel powerless, it's not uncommon for them to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... monitor, but if you're noticing a serious lack of tampons in the bathroom cabinet, they might just be being used as vodka tampons. This strange trend involves teenagers dipping tampons into hard alcohol such as vodka and ... continue reading
  • My Teen Son Is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

    If you are living at home with a teen son who has become an alcoholic, you have many options for helping your child. Until your child is eighteen, you have guardianship powers and can make many medical decisions for him, and hospitals will recognize ...

    ... the problem if he won't listen to you. Sometimes it is easier to accept that you have a problem if your friends ... the first step and talk to your child and you will be able to better understand what to do from there. If ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism. Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... not something we learn in the womb. That's a conditioned response. In this case, the pleasant stimulus is food. Dread is another response. You might smell something you really don't like (in my case, it's baked potatoes ... continue reading
  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

    It isn't easy to detect when a loved one is neck deep in alcoholism until a tragedy strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring and a decline in health. Instead, you may watch out for the following ...

    ... school some days. 2 They might fail to show up in the workplace or show up late because they are drunk or they are nursing a hangover. 2 This behavior makes it difficult for the individual to keep a job. 2 The behavior ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... to and from this kind of program. Your age, the factors involved in the arrest, and your compliance may be what determines if this is acceptable to the court. If you're faced with jail time in the end, see if you can do ... continue reading
  • Are You an Enabler?

    What Is an Enabler? Enabling is a term that can be thought of in a positive or negative light, but when we talk about enabling in terms of addiction and recovery, it usually has a negative connotation. When someone is struggling with addiction, an ...

    ... sure you begin the conversation in an environment where both people feel safe and the person you are addressing is sober. 10 Timing is something to consider as well. For example, after they wake up in the morning or get ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... smoked or injected , the substance enters the bloodstream quickly with more immediate results. The high will be intense but shorter in duration. Those that choose to snort the substance experience a more gradual-onset ... continue reading
  • What Is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... with depression . Its interaction with the central nervous system is designed to provide calming and balancing effects. It's also prescribed for insomnia, epilepsy and sedation. Common side effects include: Dizziness ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... an oral tablet (with immediate and controlled-release variations) as well as a liquid solution. It is commonly prescribed as a combination product with other drugs such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen, with each ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... cases, along with milder injuries and other chronic pain-producing ailments, opioid painkillers may be prescribed. The active opioid/opiate molecules in both painkillers and heroin attach themselves to opioid receptors ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates—such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin —are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... larger doses than prescribed, which can also increase the risk of complications. There are a myriad of ... 24 and 60 hours), so, when taken as prescribed, they provide some of the feelings associated with prescription ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... Irregular heart rate. Seizures. Though some may believe a substance like lean to be safe because it contains substances regularly prescribed by doctors (cough syrup, antihistamines), those who consume it in the long term ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... , especially when taken for non-medical purposes or at doses higher than those prescribed by a doctor. As a group, prescription stimulants are very popular drugs of abuse. Some people abuse these medications as so-called ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

    We pop the champagne to celebrate a momentous occasion. We sip whiskey to soothe the pain of a disappointing loss. We order a glass of wine to ease the awkwardness of a first date. And we cheers tequila shots while catching up with an old friend ...

    ... old friend because, hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. We drink alcohol for a multitude of reasons—when life is good, when life is bad, when it's Friday. But why do we turn to booze? We can all agree that alcohol changes the ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... Drug Administration (FDA). 14 Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of the advocacy group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, believes “it will kill people as soon as it's released. It's a whopping dose of hydrocodone ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... therapy sessions to learn how to prevent relapse and extend recovery. Prescribed medication —Various forms of medication-assisted treatments are available to reduce discomfort and encourage abstinence. Some medications ... continue reading
  • What Is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... 2 of these criteria in the past 12 months, it may be a good time to talk with a medical professional or explore ... occur even when taking certain substances as they are prescribed, such as opioid painkillers, and isn't ... continue reading
  • What Is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... 2 or more of the following in the past 12 months, it may be time to seek help: 8, 11, 12 Needing more crack cocaine to ... Antidepressants and antipsychotic medications may be prescribed to manage symptoms of depression ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... a gender gap that keeps narrowing all the time. After one drink on an empty stomach, a woman's blood alcohol level is high enough to more than double the risk of a fatal car crash. One drink—that's all it takes. Even the ... continue reading
  • What Does It Mean to Be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... get better, but not that way.” It would be a long few days, but Bill was committed to helping his friend through this. “ ... . However, the only cure for this sickness is time and sobriety. Dope sickness typically hits after ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... claim, it remains a persistent rumor. In truth, there's just no data to indicate the efficacy of Suboxone is hampered by smoking cigarettes. You Can't Get High on Suboxone Not true. Drug abusers have learned a few tricks ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... moderation didn't work for them. If you're worried but haven't yet reached your bottom, it could be worth checking them out. 2. Smart Recovery The SMART in SMART Recovery stands for Self Management and Recovery Training ... continue reading
  • What Are Hallucinogens?

    Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the user's thinking processes and perception in a manner that leads to significant distortions of reality 1 . These drugs affect one's perception far differently than many other types of drugs do. To many, the ...

    ... chemical which releases cyanide and can cause poisoning 17 . Although the prevalence of PCP addiction or PCP use disorder is unknown, about 2.5% of the population has reported using PCP at least once in their lives 5 . ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the disorder at some point in their lives. Those who drink at a young ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted

    “Self-care is essential to finding ways to limit the unwanted influence of substance use in your life.” When someone you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the addiction is ...

    ... to take careful steps to retain your physical and mental health. Ways to Increase Self-Care Self-care is essential to finding ways to limit the unwanted influence of substance use in your life. Self-care means actively ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... also have higher rates of attempted suicides. So, how are alcohol and the ultimate act of self-harm intertwined? ... in counties where there was increased alcohol availability in the form of bars, restaurants and liquor ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... continued criminal activity. And with the current opiate epidemic in full-swing, more and more inmates are entering the system addicted. The Breakdown Currently, only 11 percent of inmates receive any type of addiction ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others had grown ... whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... him, and engaging in therapy to learn non-medical ways to manage anxiety . Within a year, Carole was Xanax-free. She is maintaining her sobriety, and practicing yoga, meditation, and therapy to keep the panic at bay. She ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... that less than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential ... for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately. Although prisons ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... life of the party! Dave is easily intimidated by women. While his friends always seem to get a lot of dates, he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Diamond Bar, CA

    There is no end to the list of reasons that someone living with an active addiction to their painkiller prescription might use in order to get more pills in Diamond Bar, California. They may claim that the pharmacist shorted them, that they dropped ...

    There is no end to the list of reasons that someone living with an active addiction to their painkiller prescription might use in order to get more pills in Diamond Bar, California. They may claim that the pharmacist ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos Is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking—these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... they lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines —like Xanax and Vailum—increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly or slam on the ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Is Addictive… But Is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you—it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... from 19 to 60 years old. One person in every pair was given secret instruction to either consume alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages while at the bar. The second member of the pair wasn't given any drinking instruction ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication Is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... . To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many ... seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of the brain is still so basic that putting in powerful chemicals to do one ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain… When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue as to how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have ...

    ... , i.e. you weren't stumbling all over your friends or falling off your stool at the bar, right away at least. You may be panicked about how badly you embarrassed yourself, but the people around you may not have realized ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone—a medication used to treat opioid use disorder—is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs—Dr. Reddy's Laboratories—was allowed by a ...

    ... simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs—Dr. Reddy's Laboratories—was allowed by a Delaware Court to produce a generic version of the costly drug. It's a ruling which could ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... negativity, anxiety and pain. As you discover new parts of your soul, you can start to repair this image. The truth is, you're way more than your drug of choice. You're more than what you do or what you've done. Continue ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... a social setting. New Research - Frightening Results The longitudinal study - the first of its kind - was led by psychological scientist Kasey Creswell, who followed a large group of teenage drinkers between the ages of ... continue reading
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